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Trustees issue bonds for area job training; review quotes for improvements at college

May 17, 2017

The Trustees of Iowa Lakes Community College met in Spirit Lake Tuesday afternoon and covered a wide-ranging list of agenda items.

The first item of business was the 260E New Jobs Training Project for 2017. Jolene Rogers, Executive Director of Community and Business Relations, introduced Maggie Burger from Speer Financial for an update on the sale of the funds and answer any questions from the Trustees. Eight companies in the region covered by Iowa Lakes Community College will benefit from the project as they hire some 149 new employees and provide training to those new workers. 

Other topics Rogers covered with the Trustees included that scholarship certificates have been delivered to area high schools and she encouraged participation in the Clay County Golf Event on June 2 and the Dickinson County Luau June 15. 

Jeff Soper, Chief Financial Officer, discussed the sale of $8 million in General Obligation bonds which were approved last year by the voters in the Iowa Lakes Community College district. The Trustees approved the sale of the bonds. 

Soper also discussed tuition rates with the Trustees. Tuition and fees for the 2017-2018 college year were approved by the Trustees. Student tuition for Iowa residents will be $172 per credit hour. Tuition for Minnesota residents is $177 and Non-Residents and International students will pay $183 per credit hour. Mandatory fees were increased by $5.50. Other minor changes were made to various course and program fees. 

Delaine Hiney, Executive Director of Facilities Management, brought several building projects to the attention of the Trustees. 

A change order on the Emmetsburg Student Services addition was approved. It was for a decrease in costs of more than $32,000. 

A public hearing was held on the planned addition to the Algona campus. Nine contractors submitted bids for the project with Larson Contracting, Lake Mills, submitting the low construction and drainage bid of just under $1.5 million.

A second public hearing was held Tuesday afternoon on the Estherville Performing Arts Center. Bids were received on the revised architectural plans. Christensen Construction submitted the low base bid of $6.38 million. The Trustees approved the bid.

Progress was reported on the Gateway North roofing project. Additional repairs have been identified and the roof deck repair costs of the project will likely increase.

Mary Faber, Director of the Spirit Lake campus, introduced student Gina Damm who spoke with the Trustees about her experience at Iowa Lakes. 

She started her college education by just stopping by the Spirit Lake campus one day – and walked out registered for three classes which she wanted to just ‘try.’ Damm, of Spirit Lake, is now working toward two degrees, one in the Business Administration & Management Program and the other one in Accounting. And, she’ll also likely achieve her A.A. transfer degree.

Faber also introduced Spirit Lake campus staff members to the Trustees.

Scott Stokes, Vice President of Administration, presented a list of graduates from spring commencement which was officially approved by the Trustees. 

The Trustees then turned to personnel matters and formally approved a one-year master contract which includes a 2.7 percent increase in salaries for the 2017-18 fiscal year. 

The next meeting of the Iowa Lakes Board of Trustees will be Tuesday, June 16 at the Spencer campus of Iowa Lakes.

Gina Damm, Spirit Lake, works at her mother’s bakery and is pursuing two – possibly three – degrees from Iowa Lakes Community College
Gina Damm, Spirit Lake, works at her mother’s bakery and is pursuing two – possibly three – degrees from Iowa Lakes Community College
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